Three Old-School Hip-Hop Acts to Catch in Philly This Week

From Snoop Dogg to Young MC.

Long before Kanye found Jesus, these acts dominated the charts. See them all this month.

Snoop Dogg

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Around since: 1992
Song you undoubtedly know: “Gin and Juice,” his 1994 ode to sex, booze, and weed-filled all-nighters.
What you might not know: Snoop set the Guinness record in 2018 for the world’s largest gin and juice, coming in at 132 gallons.
See him live: Snoop visits the Fillmore on January 18th in support of I Wanna Thank Me, his 17th studio album.

Bell Biv Devoe

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Around since: 1989
Song you undoubtedly know: Their first single, “Poison,” a definitive example of the new-jack-swing genre; it peaked at number three on the Billboard charts in 1990.
What you might not know: When asked about his inspiration for “Poison,” songwriter Dr. Freeze cited German electronic group Kraftwerk and Latin jazz great Tito Puente. Quite a combo!
See them live: The trio, a spin-off of 1980s boy band New Edition, appears at Parx Casino on January 18th.

Young MC

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Around since: 1987
Song you undoubtedly know: “Bust a Move,” which won a 1990 Grammy for Best Rap Performance.
What you might not know: Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers played bass on that tune.
See him live: The British-born performer joins fellow retro rappers Tone-Loc and Coolio at the Keswick on January 18th.

Published as “That’s a Rap” in the Sunday 2020 issue of Philadelphia magazine.